FC: Bullying in Today's Society | By:Amy Stradone
1: Bullying is a major problem that affects our society. It’s an epidemic that is sweeping the nation like a bad plague. It can occur between social classes and social groups. There is no age limit to bullying. It affects everyone from children to adults in the workplace. Bullying takes place in our own community. You or someone you know are likely to have been bullied at sometime in your life. This is a problem that society needs to face head-on in order to solve it. It seems like every other day that I watch the news, there is a story about bullying. There are many reasons why someone might be bullied. A few of the reasons may be because of their race, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, etc. There is never a right reason for someone to be bullied. Teens have committed suicide over perpetuating bullying problems. Not one life should be lost due to bullying.
3: When you think about bullying, the first thing that comes to mind is probably an image of a boy being picked on at the playground. While this may happen often, bullying can occur in many other ways. Cyber bullying is just one example. Social media sites are just one of the many outlets that cyber-bullying can be seen on. Bullying doesn’t only occur in elementary schools. It also takes place on college campuses across the country. It wasn’t long ago that college student Tyler Clementi took his life because of the bullying he faced due to his sexual orientation.
4: I believe that the Conflict Theory relates the most to Bullying. The conflict is between the bully and the victims. For the bully, it’s about power and trying to seem “better” then the victims. They feel insecure and so they choose to bully. The ones getting picked on are usually those who might seem like they are “less than” in society. This is where the power struggle comes in to play. It also can be a learned behavior. If a child is picked on at home, they may act out and do the same when they get to school.
6: There is no solution that is set in stone to solve bullying. One major way to work on ending bullying is to start with parental involvement. From an early age, parents must teach their children that bullying is never okay. Secondly, there must be involvement at school. Teachers should not look the other way when bullying is taking place. Not only does the victims of bullying need help, but so do the bullies. They need help learning that bullying is not okay. If the child is young, they may be suffering from psychological issues and need help with that as well. Through community involvement and education, bullying can be put to an end.
7: Bullying is an important issue to me. My dream is to work with bullied youth one day. I was never bullied, but it was something I was always aware of growing up. I have always felt a special place in my heart for “the underdog”. Some of the photos that I have chosen, simply show what bullying can do. The hurt in a child’s eyes is something that should not ever be caused by bullying. This can be put to an end if society is willing to take a stand and work together.
8: Photo 1: "Is This Bullying" Date uknown Photographer unknown http://www.safenetwork.org/Bully_Prevention_In_Schools.htm | Photo 2: "Bully" Date Unknown Photographer Unknown http://poetryjaam.blogspot.com/2012/05/bully.html | Photo 3: "Bullying 101" Date unknown Photographer Unknown http://tlcinstitute.wordpress.com/2010/11/07/bullying-101-the-victim-the-witness-and-the-bully/
9: Photo 4: "Stop Bullying" Date Unknown Photographer Unknown http://www.madamprezident.com/sad-white-teenage-bullies-black-kid-on-bus-video/ | Photo 5: "Bully Prevention" Date Unknown Photographer Unknown http://www.deerparkbullyprevention.com/2011/03/07/five-steps-to-teach-your-child-how-to-deal-with-a-bully/ | Photo 6: "Cyberbully" Date Uknown Photographer Unknown http://econsciousconsulting.wordpress.com/2012/01/25/cyber-bullying/